Businesses Recognized at BBB's 19th Annual Torch Awards for Ethics

December 08, 2016

Better Business Bureau held its 19th Annual Torch Awards for Ethics, honoring six local companies for their paramount commitment to ethics and advancing marketplace trust.

Participants included businesses from San Diego and Orange County.  Winners were met with the Better Business Bureau Torch Award on November 29th, categorized by number of employees: RSVP Publications of San Diego with 5-10 employees, FBS Property Management with 11-24 employees, Coastal Payroll Services Inc. with 25-99 employees, Baker Electric Solar with 100-259 employees, MRC Smart Technology Solutions with 250-499 employees, and charity/nonprofit, Identity Theft Resource Center. 

The finalists included Groovy Like a Movie, K-Co Construction (5-10 employees), Dream Design Builders, Perry Plumbing (11-24 employees), Toyota Certified Center of Santee, Reilly Financial Advisors (25-99 employees), Toyota of El Cajon, Bill Howe Family of Companies (100-249 employees) and Optima Tax Relief (250-499 employees).

BBB acknowledges that the preservation of ethics and trust in a business is derived from the very individuals who have maintained these values in themselves.  For this reason, BBB implemented the Torch Awards Scholarship program in conjunction with the Torch Awards for Ethics.  An independent panel of judges evaluates local students’ essays and provides funds to the top five who exude the importance of ethics in the marketplace.

The Torch Award Scholarship finalists are as follows: Bryant Huang from Rancho Bernardo High School ($500), Luis Manuel Lopez from Herbert Hoover High School ($750), Ethan Elisara from Julian High School ($1,000) and Devon Granieri from Cathedral Catholic High School ($1,250).  First place winner, Elijah Hale from Foothills Christian School ($1,500) delivered his winning essay to the ceremony’s audience, encapsulating an insightful testimony for ethics and integrity from his experience working on a horse ranch. 

This year’s sponsors, without whom the Torch Awards for Ethics would not have been possible, included Sycuan Casino, SDG&E, AimLoan, Barney & Barney, Barona Resort & Casino, CW6, KPBS, KUSI and the San Diego Business Journal. 

Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties thanks all sponsors, attendees and entrants of this year’s Torch Awards ceremony, and congratulates all its winners and finalists.  For more information on the Torch Award for Ethics or the Torch Award Scholarship Program, contact Shelley Bradley at

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